Category Archives: Marblehead

Castle Rock (Marblehead, MA)

Date Of Visit: October 9, 2016

Location: 377 Ocean Ave (it is also listed as Castle Rock Lane), Marblehead, MA

Cost: Free

Hours: Open daily, dawn until dusk

Parking: There is lots of of unmetered, 2 hour, off street parking available on Ocean St

Dog Friendly: Yes

Highlights: Views of the Atlantic Ocean, fishing, benches to watch the ocean

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Once used as a lookout for arriving and departing fishing fleets as well as pirate and enemy ships, both British and French, Castle Rock is yet another hidden treasure along the North Shore of Massachusetts.  Heck, it’s in my own backyard and I had not even heard of it until recently.

Also known as “Great Head”, Castle Rock gets its name for the castle-like looking home next to the lookout area.  Now, it serves as a place to sit or stand and look out along the Atlantic Ocean and remember how small we really are in comparison.

It was a rainy, fall-like October morning (oddly enough during October) when I stopped by Castle Rock.  It felt like the rain would never end and the water was very active.  The entrance to Castle Rock is nestled between two homes, although I’m not sure if anyone resides in the castle-like home to the right of the lookout area.

The views were not diminished because of the inclement weather.  I did, however, have to make a few trips to my car to dry off my equipment and try to keep my lens clear.

The 1.20 acre lookout is also known for its off-shore sailing, although there really isn’t a safe place to launch from Castle Rock.  But, you get some great views of the boats that did dare to venture out in the choppy waters.

This brave fisherman made his way down the wet, slippery rocks and went fishing for stripers.

The rain didn’t stop the birds.

Castle Rock is another beautiful area in New England with some very pretty views.  Below is a video of the area.  You can hear the wind and the rain pelting down.  It wasn’t a “beach day” by any means but it was still a great place to visit during any type of weather.

Similar Places In New England  I Have Visited

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Nubble Light House (York, ME)

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Cliff Walk (Newport, RI)

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